Safety & Care

It’s common to feel concerned or even anxious about our parent’s safety as they get older and more vulnerable - particularly if they’re living on their own. Here you can find guidance on a number of different solutions to improve their safety and care at home and beyond – from simple home adjustments and help avoiding being scammed, to organising carers or alternative living arrangements.

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How to coordinate a house clearance

Reviewed by Siân Pelleschi Coordinating the house clearance of your parent or elder re...

Why you need to know about DNAR

Reviewed by Dr Patrick Ruane As your parents age and increasingly confront health issu...

Care home costs in the UK: How do people pay for...

Reviewed by Helen Davies-Parsons Considering a move for your parent or elder relative ...

8 ways to help someone with dementia live well

If your parent or loved one has received a diagnosis of early-stage dementia, it can be e...

10 ways to guard your parent from falls

While falling is common in older age and the causes of falls are complex, falling frequen...

7 signs it might be time to take control of your...

As our parents age, there often comes a time when they need assistance in managing their ...

Types of care homes in the UK: how do you choose...

Reviewed by Helen Davies-Parsons The decision to move an elderly parent or relative in...

Vitamins in the elderly: Should your parent be t...

Reviewed by Dr Patrick Ruane Should your parent or elder relative be taking any vitami...

Best UK introductory live-in care agencies

Making the decision to get live-in support for an elder parent or relative is never strai...

Five simple exercises to help older people impro...

Reviewed by Deniece Themistocli Have you noticed your parent or elder relative becomin...

8 ways to find a carer for your elderly parent i...

Beginning the search for a carer for your elder parent or relative can be utterly overwhe...

Shingles in the elderly: the forgotten vaccine

Reviewed by Dr Patrick Ruane While most of us have heard of the importance of protecti...

Best personal alarms for the elderly

Choosing a personal alarm for your elderly parent or relative can be a bewildering and ti...

Bringing your elderly parent to live with you in...

While the saying 'out of sight, out of mind' holds true for some situations, it definitel...

How to choose a fall alarm for elderly relatives...

A common concern amongst those of us with elderly parents and relatives is the possibilit...

Setting up a personal alarm for your elderly rel...

What happens if your elder parent or relative has a bad fall or accident and can’t access...

Dementia: What you need to know and why

Reviewed by Dr Sarah Gunn Among the various challenges that having ageing parents brin...

Early detection matters: Spotting the first sign...

Imagine a world without colours, shapes, and the faces of loved ones – a world dimmed by ...

How to use Alexa to make caring for elderly easi...

"Alexa, drop in on Dad." This seemingly simple phrase is one of several Alexa commands re...

Respite care: What is it and how do you organise...

Check in a dictionary and you'll see the word respite described as a short break from som...

Live-in care costs in the UK: A comprehensive gu...

How much does live-in care cost in the UK? That's not an easy question to answer because ...

5 steps to help an elderly relative live at home...

Are there ways to help your elderly parent live at home longer? You'll be relieved to dis...

Personal alarms for the elderly: Costs and tips ...

Are you worrying about your elderly relatives' safety but not sure if a personal alarms a...

Making a home more elderly-friendly: a room by r...

How ageing-friendly is your parent's home? The vast majority of people over the age of 65...

Assisted living: The pros and cons

Is assisted living better than a care home? There are pros and cons to both assisted livi...

Caring from afar: A guide to remote monitoring

What options are there for the remote monitoring of an elderly relative to help keep them...

Dealing with hearing loss in older people

Reviewed by Dr Patrick Ruane Do you suspect your parent or elder relative is having pr...

Understanding low sodium levels in older people

Reviewed by Dr Patrick Ruane Is your parent or elder relative at risk for low sodium l...

10 cold and flu prevention tips for older people...

Reviewed by Dr Patrick Ruane Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are more con...

How (and why) you should try to prevent falls

Did you know falls are the number one reason older people are taken into A&E, but are...

Protecting your parents from scams: 12 practical...

One of the biggest challenges we face with ageing parents and relatives is preventing the...

Dehydration – why it’s common and important to p...

Is your elder parent or relative drinking enough water? The answer is - like most of us -...